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Old 09-28-2014, 12:54 PM   #31
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #32
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With mine it rides really good with 5 or 10 psi but if you hit any size bump or dip it comes down and sounds and feels like there is no suspension. Put about 15 psi it is ok unless it is a bigger one but the truck is up 2 to 3 inches above what it should be and doesn't handle well. I wouldn't care much with the 15 psi in them but sitting that much higher is not good.
An on board compressor is pretty much a must have in my situation.
Also taking the T fitting out made a difference as I don't get the side to side rolling in side winds and uneven roads that I could feel with just the truck and would imagine having a trailer would be worse.
I really don't understand your problem when running 5-10 psi. It should not affect your suspension at all. They are essentially non functioning at that pressure. You must have bad shocks or something wrong with the suspension itself.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:47 PM   #33
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I really don't understand your problem when running 5-10 psi. It should not affect your suspension at all. They are essentially non functioning at that pressure. You must have bad shocks or something wrong with the suspension itself.
All new shocks, suspension is all good, if I run between 12 and 15 psi then there is no issues. Truck has about 46,000 miles on it. I have a fiberglass flat top on it plus a bedrug so maybe that is enough weight to cause this. I had my wife drive it over some speed bumps at a couple mph with 5 to 10 psi in bags and they do bottom out but with 12 to 15 psi they don't. Checked a couple others I know with pretty much same truck with ride rites and install looks the same but they don't have a flat top and nothing in bed of truck. They both need at least 10 psi in their bags or they get same issue.
Just have to figure out where to install compressor and solenoids so the salt and crap we have here for next 6 months don't corrode it up.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:49 PM   #34
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Those that have trucks bottoming out and lower ride quality empty. Tell us about your truck. 1/2 3/4 1 ton and make, GM RAM FORD ???
I thought all the information I gave in the first post of this thread would be enough?
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:55 PM   #35
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All new shocks, suspension is all good, if I run between 12 and 15 psi then there is no issues. Truck has about 46,000 miles on it. I have a fiberglass flat top on it plus a bedrug so maybe that is enough weight to cause this. I had my wife drive it over some speed bumps at a couple mph with 5 to 10 psi in bags and they do bottom out but with 12 to 15 psi they don't. Checked a couple others I know with pretty much same truck with ride rites and install looks the same but they don't have a flat top and nothing in bed of truck. They both need at least 10 psi in their bags or they get same issue.
Just have to figure out where to install compressor and solenoids so the salt and crap we have here for next 6 months don't corrode it up.
So you are saying the air bags are messing up your suspension? What or how did it work before you put the air bags on? You have me totally confused. I've run air bags for years and if there is minimal air in them I don't even know they are on the truck. I've never heard of anyone having your problem with an unloaded truck.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:01 PM   #36
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Is the reason why you are bottoming out because of the lift kit. My 2011f250 is stock suspension. I added the firestone ride rites and you can't even tell they are there. Smooth a silk at 0psi or 5 psi.
I would guess that there is a piece of suspension
Missing from the truck due to the fact it has been lifted
I also have an on board compressor and it is very nice. Run mine at 65 psi. I hardwired mine didn't want to chase remotes and dead batteries
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:14 PM   #37
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Is the reason why you are bottoming out because of the lift kit. My 2011f250 is stock suspension. I added the firestone ride rites and you can't even tell they are there. Smooth a silk at 0psi or 5 psi.
I would guess that there is a piece of suspension
Missing from the truck due to the fact it has been lifted
I also have an on board compressor and it is very nice. Run mine at 65 psi. I hardwired mine didn't want to chase remotes and dead batteries
This F150 is bone stock there is no lift kit. The only thing that has been done is the airbags. If I am not mistaken they mount different on your 250 that on the 2009 to 2013 F150.
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So you are saying the air bags are messing up your suspension? What or how did it work before you put the air bags on? You have me totally confused. I've run air bags for years and if there is minimal air in them I don't even know they are on the truck. I've never heard of anyone having your problem with an unloaded truck.
Not saying they are messing up my suspension, saying that if I only put in 5 to 10 psi they will and do bottom out. If I put in 12 to 15 psi they do not. With these bags and brackets being between the axle and frame on this truck if there is not enough air in the bags then they will bottom out.
Not sure how yours are but on a 2010 F150 they do mount different than the previous ones or a Chevy.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:24 PM   #39
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Carrier are you worried that the air bags bottoming out will hurt them? If so, just put 12# in them and forget them. They should be guaranteed if something happens.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:52 PM   #40
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Carrier are you worried that the air bags bottoming out will hurt them? If so, just put 12# in them and forget them. They should be guaranteed if something happens.
No what I am saying is everyone that I have either read on this site or others have all said that they put in 5 psi in their bags and their truck rides like a caddy. On my 2010 F150 with 5 psi in the bags it rides like a caddy as long as I don't hit any bumps more than 1" high. This is not possible so therefore I need 12 to 15 psi in these bags for the roads that I travel on. However doing this puts the truck about an 1-1/2" to just under 2" higher on rear than what stock is. Is this a big deal probably not just wanted to know if this happens to others with the same type of truck.

Not sure if you have seen how these are installed on a 2010 F 150 but because they fit between the spring center bolt and frame they will bottom out without enough clearance. Firestone instructions on these want 5" to 7.5" height between bottom and top brackets empty or loaded. 5 psi only gives me about 3" so therefore they bottom out when driving. 12 to 15 psi gives me just over 5" so therefore no bottoming out.

It's all fine Old Coot I just wanted clarification from those that have these on a 2009 to 2013 F150 like I have and how much psi they run empty.
I guess I should have been more specific.
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